4-Day: 2023 Innovations in Psychotherapy Conference - Webcast

4-Day: 2023 Innovations in Psychotherapy Conference

Thursday, October 12, 2023 - Sunday, October 15, 2023

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101: Ethical, Legal, & Professional issues for the Advanced Practice Clinician

Finally…an ADVANCED training in ethical, legal and practice issues!

This course will equip you with a practical, easy-to-use framework for navigating ethical, legal and practice issues of all types. It is especially designed for experienced clinicians and those who are in leadership roles who don’t need another 101 ethics training.

You will leave with a guide that will help establish a process for managing ethical, legal, and other types of risk. Also covered, is an exploration of related advanced topics. For example:
  • Making sense of the relationship between ethics, laws, and licensing regulations
  • Codes of ethics: Seeing beyond the surface
  • How to think like a licensing board
  • Navigating your practice through the ethical, legal and operational maze
  • Operational decision-making: (e.g.) Can I – and should I – offer distance therapy?"
Additionally, you will receive a variety of useful and timely information, tools, and resources to take back to your clinical practice immediately. Some of the topics covered:
  • Establishing a communication and social media policy
  • Cloud-based practice management systems
  • Distance therapy/telehealth
  • Practicing across state lines
  • Education on training non-clinical staff (e.g., receptionists/schedulers)
  • Developing policies and procedures: How to make use of codes of ethics and licensing regulations
  • Strategies for avoiding problems and improving operations.
You will leave the course with useful tools, resources, insight and examples of how to work through real-life ethical, legal and related dilemmas from advanced perspectives. Objectives
  1. Describe the interrelationships among codes of ethics, federal and state laws, and licensing regulations.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with accessing and using tools and resources for compliant practice including secure, HIPAA , compliant internet access, business associate agreements, and telehealth law applications.
  3. Analyze ethical and legal aspects of key technology-related topics including social media & communication policies, nuances of distance therapy, email & texting, and practice management systems.
  4. Integrate specific strategies for mitigating risk and avoiding ethical and legal problems.
  5. Identify the five essential perspectives for navigating all ethically problematic situations.
  6. Describe a process for effectively navigating ethically and legally challenging scenarios.
102: Multicultural Awareness & Diversity

Too often, therapists feel paralyzed by the fear that they don’t know enough about other cultures to try to counsel clients different than themselves.

Attend this workshop and reduce those fears by increasing your understanding of cultural experiences with which you are not personally or professionally familiar.

Without learning multiple languages or becoming an expert on every possible culture, you can become more culturally competent and feel more confident in your ability to counsel any client from any culture. Beyond ethnicity, you will also explore issues of age, gender, sexuality, religion, acculturation, and social justice, as well as opportunities to strengthen the therapist’s own cultural self-awareness.

Join Lambers Fisher, MS, LMFT, MDIV, for this adventure into the world of cultural competency. Take away immediately applicable and practical strategies to:
  • Improve assessment
  • Avoid ethical dilemmas
  • Overcome fears
  • Reduce unintentional cultural offense
  • Build significant therapeutic rapport
  • Help clients of any cultural background make meaningful change in their lives
You may just want to attend this seminar to receive 3 hours of cultural competency and 3 hours of ethics. You will leave with so much more! This highly engaging and encouraging seminar will challenge you to learn more about other cultures, accept what you do not yet know in the process, and utilize therapeutic strategies that can help you be effective along the journey toward becoming an increasingly culturally competent therapist.

Gain a reputation for being the premier therapist in your community for working with diverse clients!
103: The Ultimate Grief Treatment Toolbox

Grieving clients have some of the most heartbreaking stories that we see as clinicians. Your client’s world has been toppled following the loss of a loved one, and in addition to missing that person, your client is now questioning what they know about themselves and the world. Paralyzing grief has made even the simplest tasks difficult for them, and you’re overwhelmed because nothing that you do seems to help.

Join Dr. Erica Sirrine, Ph.D., LCSW, FT, as she walks you through over 60 interventions that you can use to help your grieving clients find hope and heal. Drawing on her expertise as a bereavement counselor and educator, Dr. Sirrine blends remarkable case studies with creative intervention strategies for an engaging and unforgettable workshop that will arm you with the skills you need to be an effective therapist for grieving clients.

Whether your client is experiencing feelings of premature grief due to the anticipated death of a loved one, pain and loss following a divorce, or feelings of disbelief and shock following a traumatic death, this workshop will prepare you to skillfully intervene.

Attend this seminar and discover:
  • Over 60 interventions to help clients mourn, reconcile their losses & discover hope
  • Assessment & treatment techniques for children, adolescents & adults
  • Session topics & treatment approaches for individuals, groups & families
  • Strategies to treat clients dealing with anticipatory grief
  • Techniques & ideas for facilitating bereavement groups & grief camps
Best of all, upon completion of this training, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Grief Informed Professional (CGP) through Evergreen Certifications. Certification lets colleagues, employers, and clients know that you’ve invested the extra time and effort necessary to understand the complexities of grief counselling. Professional standards apply. Visit www.evergreencertifications.com/CGP for details.

Sign- up to discover the ultimate grief treatment toolbox and revolutionize your treatment of grieving clients!

  • No hidden fees – PESI pays for your application fee (a $99.99 value)!
  • Simply complete this seminar and the post-event evaluation included in this training, and your application to be a Certified Grief Informed Professional through Evergreen Certifications is complete.*

  • Attendees will receive documentation of CGP designation from Evergreen Certifications 4 to 6 weeks following the program.
    *Professional standards apply. Visit www.evergreencertifications.com/CGP for professional requirements.
    104: Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional Training

    Caring has its costs.

    But helping others heal and regain productive lives is likely what led you to become a clinician in the first place.

    So what happens when all the accumulated suffering and trauma that you have witnessed and the pain that you have experienced starts to cause problems in your own personal and professional life?

    Working with patients who suffer from trauma, pain, abuse and depression can have negative effects on you, the caregiver—many of which are potentially debilitating. The pandemic and recent years have only heightened these visceral feelings and put more strain on clinicians. It’s because of this that Dr. J. Eric Gentry, an internationally recognized leader in the area of compassion fatigue, created a framework and a self-directed plan for reversing the effects of compassion fatigue through professional resiliency. Within this training you will take home evidence-based compassion resiliency and prevention skills drawn from the Accelerated Recovery Program for Compassion Fatigue. Learn self-regulation—practical skills that are critical to your being maximally effective with your patients and improving treatment outcomes.

    Best of all, upon completion of this live training, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP) through Evergreen Certifications. Certification lets colleagues, employers, and clients know that you’ve invested the extra time and effort necessary to understand the complexities of compassion fatigue. *Professional standards apply. Visit www.evergreencertifications.com/CCFP for details.

    Let Dr. Gentry show you how to recapture your sense of mission, purpose, hope and joy in your career helping others.
    105: Suicide in Context

    This session will cover often overlooked factors that play a role in suicide risk for individuals and particular communities. Working with individuals who are at risk of suicide requires a whole-person approach that takes into account that person’s environment and experiences. The public health approach to suicide prevention will be explored, including identification of risk factors that are systemic and cultural in nature. Considerations for safe messaging to reduce social contagion will be covered, as well as considerations related to diverse identities and marginalized communities. Attendees will be empowered to work more effectively with people experiencing suicidal ideations in their direct clinical work and to advocate for needed changes to stop the rising number of lives lost to suicide in America.
    Keynote Address: Anchoring in Change

    We often see powerful emotional shifts in therapy sessions, but what do we do then? So often, unless anchor in these powerful moments, these shifts don’t stick, and clients return session after session fundamentally un-changed despite powerful experiences in the room. New psychotherapy research shows us how to harness the power of these emotional and relational in-session shifts to anchor in "positive neuroplasticy," turbocharge their potency and promote outside of session flourishing. In this new keynote, Diane Fosha, using actual therapy videos, will share how to work with these in-session shifts, specifically showing how AEDP turbocharges the potency of these moments with systematic interventions. Whatever your approach you use, you’ll walk away with a new understanding of not only how to bring out needed emotional and relational shifts in clients but also how to anchor them in for healing and lasting flourishing.
    Welcome & Intimate Conversation on Trauma, Loss, & The Tools That Help

    Join David Kessler in conversation with Ashley Judd. Ashley is an actress, author, and activist who has spoken openly about her own experience with sexual assault and harassment as well as loss and trauma. Last year, her mother died by suicide. In the wake of her mother's death, Judd has spoken about her trauma and her journey to healing. In addition to mental heal advocacy, she has become an important voice in suicide awareness. Kessler is a grief expert and author who brings his own experience of healing after a mass shooting in childhood, neglect, sexual abuse, and the death of his younger son. In this discussion, Judd and Kessler will share their insights on grief, trauma, and healing. They’ll discuss life’s challenges, the importance of finding support, and the power of hope. This is a powerful and important conversation that will resonate with therapists, mental health professionals and many others.
    201: Therapy with the One Who Cheats

    Many therapists dedicate much therapy time helping betrayed partners heal deep emotional wounds in the wake of an affair. Therapy is often lopsided in a victim–perpetrator model, dealing with the injury of the betrayal. Less attention is typically paid to helping the partners who had the affair, one-night stand, or online infidelity, especially regarding why and how it happened.

    This workshop will give you a more nuanced understanding of the motivations for the infidelity and present practical interventions around the underlying meaning of the cheating and what it means about the relationship.
    202: Imposter No More

    Dr. Jill Stoddard, award-winning teacher, peer-reviewed ACT trainer, and co-host of the Psychologists Off the Clock podcast, is a recovering imposter. For years, she was convinced that the only reason she was accepted into a competitive graduate school program was because her father knew the program director. Sound familiar? Deep down, the majority of successful people question their professional legitimacy a good amount of the time.

    During this session, you will learn why your clients (and you!) develop imposter thoughts, fall into traps trying to outrun the imposter experience. Dr. Stoddard will share how to take actionable steps for cultivating psychological flexibility, using ACT skills, to be able to choose bold moves in life and at work despite self-doubt and imposterism.
    203: Attachment Centered Play Therapy with Traumatized Tweens & Teens

    Enhance your clinical practice by learning how to blend expressive arts techniques with play therapy! By doing so, a creative atmosphere featuring safety and compassion is created in the office, studio, or play therapy room to support freedom of expression, allowing clients to communicate the unspeakable.

    Expressive arts have long been heralded in psychotherapy for their effectiveness in trauma treatment, making them a valuable resource for play therapists and other mental health professionals. In this workshop, we will be exploring and demonstrating through hands-on activities how to use expressive arts alongside play therapy techniques with tweens and teens to address attachment issues, trauma, self-esteem, and empathy development.

    Appropriate for play therapists, counselors, psychotherapists, and others working with tweens and teens, participants will end the day having gained a diverse toolbox of play therapy and expressive arts techniques, and a deeper understanding of the complimentary healing powers that play therapy combined with expressive arts can bring to clinical work with this population.
    204: Cognitive Processing Therapy to Heal PTSD

    How exactly do people become stuck in their trauma, and how can they recover? Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a rapidly growing model that has uncovered key cognitive processes that, when addressed, can affect lasting healing from PTSD—without the need for exposure to traumatic memories. In fact, it’s one of the few effective trauma treatments that doesn’t rely on exposure. In this session, you’ll discover the key processes behind this approach, which has shown an incredible durability of results in a head-to-head trials. During this session, you will explore:
    • How CPT challenges common myths about PTSD and recovery
    • Real case studies of CPT in action
    • How to target a client’s stuck points using core CPT skills
    • What research has revealed about CPT’s efficacy
    205: Applied Polyvagal Theory in Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery

    Trauma recovery is as much about healing the body as it is the mind. Yet, so often, the focus of healing involves retelling the story of the past without addressing the physiological imbalances that trauma leaves in its wake. While you might recognize the value of bringing the body into trauma treatment, you might not know how to do this effectively.

    Join Arielle Schwartz, PhD, CCTP-II, E-RYT, international leading voice in the healing of PTSD and complex trauma as she bridges the path of healing between the psyche and the body. Grounded within the principles of Polyvagal Theory, affective neuroscience, and trauma-informed care, Dr. Schwartz will guide you through research-based somatic tools and yoga-based breath, movement, and awareness practices to reduce the burdens of trauma, anxiety, obsessive thinking, and feelings of hopelessness from your client’s body and mind!
    Lunch Address: The Science of Sex in Long-Term Relationships

    What is it that people want when they want sex?

    Just as important, what is it that they don't want when they don't want sex?

    The answers to these two questions can transform an individual's or couple’s understanding of where sex fits in their lives and what meaning pleasure has in their relationship. This can be a challenging issue for some couples you see who have been in a long-term relationship when sex becomes "stale" or a "chore".

    In this engaging keynote with Emily Nagoski, PhD, sex expert and best-selling author of Come As You Are, she will clarify the differences among responsive desire, spontaneous desire, and the term she has coined "magnificent desire". Based on her expertise and clinical experience, she will share tools for you to help clients find Optimal Sexual Experiences (OSE). Emily will break down the new science, new language and new perspective of sex in long- term relationships.
    301: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

    Despite advances in trauma research and claims of "gold standard" treatments, one method doesn’t work for everybody. Trauma treatment requires addressing many different systems that can be affected in different ways in different people. Understanding how to adapt and apply interventions for individuals experiencing traumatic stress is as important as the interventions themselves. In this workshop, you’ll learn:
    • What we currently know about the impacts of developmental trauma on brain development
    • How to access what is the best clinical intervention for particular problems
    • Learn how we can change people’s internal map of predictions and expectations by introducing new experiences with precision, attunement, and interactions
    • Why the potential role of some unconventional approaches such as yoga, martial arts, and theater are interesting subjects of current research
    302: Integrative EMDR Therapy

    Complex trauma occurs as a result of repeated or chronic exposure to extremely threatening events from which escape is impossible. As a result of C-PTSD, clients are more likely to develop feelings of profound helplessness and powerlessness with little trust that their actions will make a difference in the outcome their lives. It is common to feel unsure about how to best support clients who feel immense shame or despair as a result of their interpersonal wounds. However, with the right training and skills you can build your confidence to effectively help clients through what may otherwise seem like a clinical impasse.

    EMDR therapy is an instrumental tool that helps clients process disturbing memories through desensitizing related images, thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. Clients with Complex PTSD and early childhood developmental trauma are at greater risk for dissociation or emotional flooding; both of which can lead to re-traumatization if not addressed by the therapist. Within this course, you will learn how to safely work with client’s emotions, sensations, and psychophysiological arousal associated with dissociative states. This requires the integration of mindful body-awareness within EMDR as well as an understanding of how to attend to client’s ego states through parts work.
    303: Embracing Virtual Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

    Join Dr. Lane Pederson as he explores the emergence of online Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), revealing how his DBT practice overcame pandemic-related challenges to develop online DBT with clinical outcomes equal to in-person sessions.

    In this workshop you’ll see how virtual DBT goes beyond simply connecting on a virtual platform. You'll witness a video example demonstrating the technological proficiencies needed for high quality sessions, and Dr. Pederson will share essential strategies for ensuring client participation and safety in the digital realm.

    Looking beyond the pandemic, you’ll learn how evidence-based online services can remove barriers for individuals dealing with mobility, geographic, or other limitations and how you can use this technology to enhance consultation with other professionals.

    Whether you practice DBT or another therapy online (or plan to), this workshop will inspire you to innovate your practice, joining the global movement to make mental health care more accessible for all.
    304: Integrating Polyvagal Theory into Autism Intervention

    Join Sean Inderbitzen, DSW, LCSW, Member of MINT, an autistic licensed mental health clinician as he flips our understanding of autism on its head!

    Looking through the Polyvagal Vagal lens, we’ll discuss autism as a disordering of the nervous system. Specifically, you’ll discover how much time autistic individuals spend in the sympathetic nervous system—preparing to deal with threats—and not enough in the parasympathetic nervous system.

    Building on the work of Drs. Stephen Porges (Polyvagal Theory), Pat Ogden (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy), and Bill Miller (Motivational Interviewing) and based on his forthcoming book forthcoming book Autism in Polyvagal Terms, Dr. Inderbitzen guides you through innovative interventions for helping autistic clients who are in "fight or flight" mode access the—"rest and digest" response.
    305: Bring Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) to Life

    It’s common for clinicians to be excited about the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) model of psychological flexibility and its fresh take on living well. Ultimately, ACT isn’t about getting rid of feelings, but about getting better at feeling, and that’s an exciting prospect. But it is just as common to get stuck in the details of ACT’s complex model or become stagnant in just "talking" about it without really doing.

    If you are feeling a little stale in your ACT practice or want to take it to the next level, it’s time to put your psychological flexibility skills to the test by demonstrating them experientially in session. In this workshop Diana Hill, international ACT expert and author, will guide you through 6 mini experiential exercises that embody the 6 core processes of ACT and that you can use with your clients right away. Move beyond just the basics, engage your own psychological flexibility skills as a therapist, and practice being open, aware, and engaged in your session!
    Keynote Address: How Boundaries Can Save Your Client’s Family Relationships

    When it launched in 2021, therapist Nedra Glover Tawwab’s book, Set Boundaries, Find Peace, became an instant bestseller. As 1.5 million Instagram followers clamored for her clinical wisdom, she became an in-demand guest on shows like Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk and Good Morning America. She’s gone on to create many research-based tools to foster healthy relationships.

    Join Nedra as she explores the current trend of cutting off family members and labeling people and relationships as "toxic." Taking us deep into what really lies at the heart of troubling family dynamics, she’ll offer clear advice for identifying dysfunctional family patterns and choosing the best path forward. In this workshop, you’ll learn:
    • The clinical diagnosis for dysfunctional families is anxiety, depression, personality disorders and more DSM labels
    • Therapist Role in the Process: Support, Sounding Board, Connector, Advocate, and Pattern Revealer
    • Managing your clinical perspective when you believe a client should end an unhealthy relationship
    • Among the most significant contributors to your mental health, relationships can cause you pain, or they can heal you
    • Some adults are having a second child – still not choosing their relationships wisely
    401: Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST)

    Trauma treatment is rarely straightforward. Clients want help but resist connecting emotionally. Many are tormented by critical self-hating thoughts or want to die, jeopardizing their ability to process the trauma. TIST is a new trauma-informed treatment that directly addresses the challenges, not just the events, of a traumatic past. In TIST, we view these trauma-related thoughts, emotions, and impulses as communications from fragmented, disowned trauma-related parts. When clients form meaningful attachment relationships to these young, rejected parts, the trauma often resolves spontaneously. When the parts finally experience safety and care, the traumatic past feels done and behind them.
    402: Healing Through Difficult Times

    In this incredibly moving session join David Kessler, one of the world’s foremost experts on grief and loss, as he shows you how your clients can go beyond acceptance and find ways to replace painful memories with meaningful connections and move toward post traumatic growth. He will provide you with useful tools for all kinds of losses and powerful techniques to address obstacles of healing. Leave this session with tips on how to navigate the language of postvention vs prevention to support clients after a loss.
    403: Trauma-Informed Hypnotherapy for Pain

    Trauma doesn’t just leave behind emotional pain -- it can also manifest as physical pain in the form of headaches, pelvic pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome. These conditions often baffle doctors and leave clients feeling even more helpless and hopeless. Clinical hypnosis can be a highly effective tool for relieving pain in trauma survivors. Learn a trauma-informed approach you can use to safely elicit hypnosis; apply techniques to relieve pain and restore an internal sense of safety; and create a greater sense well-being and empowerment in your clients. You may even experience your own transformative trance with demonstrations and activities that show you how to:
    • Safely guide clients into hypnotic states and effectively frame suggestions
    • Use hypnotic techniques that increase feelings of safety and comfort in the body
    • Create hypnotic suggestions to instill hope, relieve pain, and empower clients
    • Resolve subconscious beliefs that may be maintaining pain responses
    404: Disrupting Negative Narratives with Kids in Mind

    S. Kent Butler uses his personal story to speak truth about the effects of privilege on his own mental wellness and resolve, while sharing best practices for removing culturally biased barriers. Described by his audiences as authentic and real, "RAW: *Realism *Authenticity *Wisdom was developed as a presentation during a moment of intense reflection of his life and an even deeper meditation related to the state of the world, "RAW" highlights how clinicians can successfully balance counseling and self-care with social justice advocacy. This presentation provides counselors with insights, wisdom and encouragement on how to intentionally get into "good trouble" as Anti-Racist co-conspirators fighting against injustices on a global scale and working proactively on behalf of the kids in their lives.
    405: Emotional Freedom Techniques & Tapping

    This experiential session will take you beyond talk therapy with Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and tapping! EFT is a well-researched, comprehensive, mind-body treatment that rapidly desensitizes unwanted thoughts, emotions and connected physical reactions. EFT goes beyond supportive counseling and is actual treatment. It’s surprising how quickly turmoil dissipates; clients are usually better in one session -even if the issue is long standing.

    This highly interactive workshop demonstrates a gentle approach of treating the body’s reaction, which concurrently quiets the intensity of emotional distress, which can be minor, moderate or traumatic. Walk away with insight to a dynamic technique that is quick and effective for real time symptom relief for your clients!
    Lunch Address: From Anxiety to Smartphones to Snacking

    Join Jud Brewer,New York Times best-selling author and thought leader in the field of habit change, for this thought-provoking keynote. Drawing on his clinical work, research studies, and development of next-generation digital therapeutics for habit change, Dr. Brewer will discuss the underlying behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms of why habits are formed and how mindfulness can paradoxically tap into these very processes to uproot them.

    Dr. Brewer struggled for years to help his patients overcome anxiety, overeating and severe addictions. After over a decade of laboratory research on habit change, someone using a digital therapeutic that he had developed for habitual eating innocently asked him to develop a program for anxiety. This led to a lightbulb moment for him that forever changed is clinical practice and his research, leading to new (and now evidence-based) treatment paradigms and a New York Times best-selling book on treating anxiety as a habit.

    After this talk, you will have a simple, pragmatic, 3-step process that you can use with clients and patients to help them unwind unhealthy habits and build healthy habits—without willpower.
    501: C-PTSD & Systematic Trauma from an Internal Family Systems (IFS) Perspective

    In this workshop, we will discuss the similarities and differences between singular and global trauma. By applying IFS techniques and concepts, we will explore the ways individual therapy helps inform and expand treatment options available to those who suffer from the pervasive and often hidden effects of cultural or institutional oppression. We will also discuss how helping a group of people who struggle with collective trauma is different from treating an individual who suffers from complex PTSD and how comparing different types of violation is counter-productive to healing.
    502: Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

    The future of trauma treatment is psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. The field of mental health treatment has seen a resurgence of interest in psychedelic-assisted therapy over the past few years, with promising research emerging on the use of substances like psilocybin and MDMA in the treatment of various mental health disorders.

    This workshop will cover a comprehensive understanding of the history, research, and potential applications of psychedelic-assisted therapy for trauma. Gain an understanding of the therapeutic process and principles involved in this novel treatment approach, and insight into the practical aspects of candidate selection, preparation, and aftercare.
    503: Taming the Amygdala

    Treatment of anxiety is more effective when it is rooted in an understanding of neuroscience. Therapists need clear neuroscience explanations that they can readily use with the diverse variety of clients suffering from anxiety. In this workshop, you will not only learn effective, brain-based strategies for calming the anxious brain, but also learn how to explain the strategies to clients in ways that motivate change.

    Understand how to identify the roots of anxiety in the amygdala and provide effective interventions to tame the amygdala. Learn how "the language of the amygdala" can be explained in an accessible, straightforward way, empowering clients to change their brains to resist anxiety. Help clients identify how the cortex causes the amygdala to produce anxiety, and train them in strategies to resist anxiety-igniting cognitions.
    504: The Having Techniques ®

    The Havening Techniques is a new cutting-edge technique that brings a a suite of neuroscience-based interventions designed for fast and effective treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and other fear-based disorders such as anxiety, panic disorder, and phobias. Utilizing similar mechanisms as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), these techniques can be used in-session, at home, or on the go, so your clients can overcome difficult emotions whenever they arise unexpectedly.

    Join Havening Techniques co-developer and international trainer, Dr. Kate Truitt, for a must-see experiential session. Discover her secrets for creating a gentle, client-centered approach to trauma-informed neuroscience-based care. By adding Havening Techniques ® to your toolbox, you can create new pathways to sustainable change in your clients' lives. Take advantage of this opportunity to advance your clinical toolkit with neuroscience and help your clients achieve the future they deserve!
    505: Grief Yoga from a Chair (NO CE)

    This compassionate grief yoga training embraces mind/body/ spirit techniques to guide your clients to transform grief, trauma, and anxiety into more empowerment and love. During this workshop you will understand how grief, anger, and pain can get stuck in the body. Trauma can be anything that overwhelms our capacity to cope and respond. Grief is powerful, and many times people feel hopeless.

    This experiential workshop will offer you practical tools and techniques to approach healing in a different way that you and your clients can do anywhere:
    • Learn resources that you can use to self-regulate the mind and body
    • Embrace movement, breath, and sound to create strong breakthroughs with your clients and students to help with grief
    • Break the cycle of rumination and feeling stuck with exercises that go beyond words to tap into the power of the mind/body/spirit connection
    • Use these techniques with your clients to help open up new possibilities and breakthroughs
    This is all done from a chair and is a practice that isn’t about physical flexibility, but emotional liberation.
    601: Managing the Fallout of Narcissistic Abuse

    It’s essential that clinicians understand not just the phenomenon of narcissistic abuse (or antagonistic relational abuse), but the fallout from it (the distress, discomfort, and dysfunction). In this workshop, we’ll explore the nature of narcissism and antagonism as a personality style; how it shows up in relationships; the vulnerabilities people have to getting stuck in these relationships; and techniques for working with these clients suffering narcistic abuse. You'll learn an intuitive and actionable road map that you can use with clients in high-conflict divorces and workplace-abuse cases. You’ll discover:
    • How to identify the characteristics of narcissistic abuse that are often misdiagnosed
    • Specific vulnerabilities to entering and getting stuck in relationships characterized by narcissistic abuse
    • An actionable treatment approach – applicable to any practice – that includes psychoeducation, assessment, fostering radical acceptance, and striving for growth
    • Ethical issues in working with clients experiencing narcissistic abuse
    602: Trauma Breakthrough in a Flash

    Although we humans process thoughts and feelings faster when we’re not in a state of fight or flight, many traditional trauma treatments involve asking clients to focus on disturbing events, sometimes to the point of fully engaging with painful memories. Alternatively, there’s an exciting, easy-to-apply, evidence-based technique—the Flash Technique—that removes the engagement element while allowing healing to take place. In fact, there is growing evidence that shows a wide range of trauma survivors can be distracted from haunting, painful memories and still process them successfully. In this experiential workshop, you’ll discover:
    • The essential steps to applying the Flash Technique with traumatized clients
    • How clients can successfully process their traumas without bringing them clearly to mind
    • What research shows us about the safety and effectiveness of working in this way
    • How the technique compares to and is compatible with EMDR
    603: Advanced Treatment Considerations for Women with ADHD

    As we have learned from emerging research over the past few decades, ADHD presents in complex and unique ways for women. Many women are expressing more nuanced and intersectional phenomenological experiences of being neurodivergent than previously understood or disseminated to mental health providers.

    This workshop seeks to provide an approachable evidence-based foundation of knowledge about the ways in which ADHD presents in women and best practices for culturally and clinically competent treatment. As more women than ever before seek ADHD diagnosis and treatment, this presentation seeks to elevate the conversation to address the ways in which ADHD differs in women and provide clinicians with the knowledge base they need to feel confident providing quality care to this formerly underserved and misunderstood population.
    604: Big Behaviors in Small Containers

    When it comes to working with children, sometimes the biggest behaviors come in the smallest containers.?Sometimes these behaviors are externalizing (screaming, crying, hitting) and sometimes these are internalizing (anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation). So often, the focus of treatment in these instances becomes about extinguishing the behavior without understanding what is driving it in the first place. Whether the end result involves a child shutting down or shouting out, it is critical that helping professionals be able to answer this key question:?What is the need underlying the behavior?

    This workshop will offer more than a dozen practical, fun, and immediately useful play therapy interventions, based on TraumaPlay®, that engage the family in setting treatment goals, augmenting adaptive coping, enhancing the healthy attachment between parent and child while helping them shift paradigms around problematic child behaviors. Powerful exploration of the stress response system helps clients increase anger management skills, expand emotional literacy, practice pro-social skills with family and friends, address their difficult thoughts, and increase coherence in their trauma narratives.
    605: Beyond Toxic Positivity

    Whether it’s a breakup, a loss, a pandemic, or anything else that life throws our way, we can emerge stronger by harnessing skills like wonder, gratitude, compassion, psychological richness, and more. In recent years, research has shown that positive psychological principles can play an important role not only in fostering well-being during good times, but also in cultivating resilience following life’s worst moments. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to apply positive psychological practices with your clients to reduce suffering and foster greater well-being, meaning, and fulfillment in our lives. You’ll learn:
    • Practical tools to help clients cultivate awe, gratitude, resiliency, and connection – even during challenging times
    • Utilize exciting new concepts from applied positive psychology such as the new science of psychological richness and harnessing awe and wonder for greater well-being
    • Discover key brain regions linked to well-being, and how positive neuroplasticity can help strengthen these areas
    Keynote Address: Social-Emotional Learning from the Inside Out (NO CE)

    You don’t want to miss this closing keynote! Best-selling author, child psychiatrist and award-winning educator, Daniel Siegel is joined by Frank Anderson, author, psychiatrist, therapist, and IFS lead trainer for a conversation on how to equip children with tools to deal with overwhelming challenges they face- with skills founded in "mindsight" and IFS parts work. Social and emotional learning emerge from the cultivation of mindsight and greater access to self-energy–our ability to sense the mind, inside and out, and move that mental life toward integration as we honor differences and promote compassionate linkages and connections. Take home strategies to teach kids how to differentiate and appreciate the various aspects of their states of mind, and learn how to integrate, adapt, and develop resilience when faced with overwhelming challenges in their life.
    101: Ethical, Legal, & Professional issues for the Advanced Practice Clinician

    1. Describe the interrelationships among codes of ethics, federal and state laws, and licensing regulations.
    2. Demonstrate familiarity with accessing and using tools and resources for compliant practice including secure, HIPAA , compliant internet access, business associate agreements, and telehealth law applications.
    3. Analyze ethical and legal aspects of key technology-related topics including social media & communication policies, nuances of distance therapy, email & texting, and practice management systems.
    4. Integrate specific strategies for mitigating risk and avoiding ethical and legal problems.
    5. Identify the five essential perspectives for navigating all ethically problematic situations.
    6. Describe a process for effectively navigating ethically and legally challenging scenarios.
    102: Multicultural Awareness & Diversity

    1. Implement the DSM-5® criteria and cultural formulation interview to accurately assess for cultural influences as it relates to diagnosis.
    2. Analyze biases to improve clinical strategies, rapport, and engagement with a variety of clients.
    3. Develop a deep understanding of the impact of varying cultural group experiences to enhance empathy in session.
    4. Devise ethical standards for a culturally competent practice related therapeutic authority and self disclosure.
    5. Utilize clinical strategies to address unintentional cultural offenses towards clients to increase treatment effectiveness.
    6. Apply skills to overcome cultural barriers such as language, religion and different belief systems to improve session outcomes.
    103: The Ultimate Grief Treatment Toolbox

    1. Analyze the differences in the clinical presentation of depression as compared to bereavement.
    2. Evaluate developmentally appropriate grief symptomology across the lifespan and assess for clinical concerns.
    3. Design individualized therapeutic interventions for bereaved children, adolescents, adults and families using various modalities.
    4. Assess continuing bonds after death and their relevance to clinical practice with bereaved clients.
    5. Demonstrate how to create a support group for bereaved children, adolescents, and/or adults with corresponding therapeutic activities.
    6. Employ therapeutic techniques to address client grief associated with other forms of loss including divorce, chronic illness, military deployment and termination of parental rights.
    104: Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional Training

    1. Summarize the causes, effects, treatments and prevention of compassion fatigue that include burnout, secondary traumatic stress, & caregiver stress.
    2. Explain how compassion fatigue erodes professional resiliency.
    3. Implement skills for successful self-regulation.
    4. Demonstrate an increased capacity to remain comfortable and maximally effective regardless of external demands.
    5. Develop a personalized professional moral compass for the starting point for professional maturation and resiliency.
    6. Implement simple powerful strategies to prevent the symptoms of compassion fatigue.
    105: Suicide in Context

    1. Describe current trends of suicide risk and rates.
    2. Contrast various approaches to conceptualizing suicide risk, including theoretical models and frameworks.
    3. Evaluate and critique the effectiveness of current strategies for preventing suicide.
    4. Identify strategies that may help to reduce the rising rates of suicidal ideation and deaths from suicide at the individual and societal levels.
    Keynote Address: Anchoring in Change

    Attendees will be better able to:
    1. Describe how transformance, a wired in capacity for healing and self-right, is the overarching motivational force driving positive change and positive neuroplasticy.
    2. Define metatherapeutic processing and explain how it can be used to anchor in therapeutic change.
    3. Utilize metatherapeutic processing (experientially exploring the patients experience of having a therapeutic experience) as an intervention to deepen, broaden and consolidate therapeutic results.
    201: Therapy with the One Who Cheats

    1. Describe three motivations for infidelity and how these relate to motivation and defense mechanisms in the betraying partner
    2. Define the integration model of treatment to create positive treatment outcomes for both the couple and the individual
    3. Assess for triangulations and avoid a "trauma triangle" in the treatment as an inadvertent reenactment of the affair
    202: Imposter No More

    1. Identify the five subtypes of imposter and avoider.
    2. Use at least one ACT metaphor to help overcome imposter syndrome.
    3. Utilize at least one ACT experiential practice to help overcome imposter syndrome.
    203: Attachment Centered Play Therapy with Traumatized Tweens & Teens

    1. Describe 2 expressive arts-based interventions in play therapy with teens.
    2. Explain how utilizing a blended approach of modalities can be useful in play therapy.
    3. Evaluate attachment theory and different attachment styles that impact parent’s ability to engage and be involved in their child’s treatment
    204: Cognitive Processing Therapy to Heal PTSD

    1. Analyze the empirical evidence supporting the use of Cognitive Processing Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and related conditions.
    2. Appraise 2 case studies demonstrating the use of CPT for PTSD.
    3. Utilize 3 keys from CPT that help clients understand how to overcome "stuck points".
    205: Applied Polyvagal Theory in Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery

    1. Apply polyvagal theory within therapeutic yoga with researched practices for mind-body health
    2. Evaluate you client’s nervous system states as related to autonomic cues of stress and signs of safety
    3. Demonstrate grounding and orientating techniques that increase clients resources
    Lunch Address: The Science of Sex in Long-Term Relationships

    1. Differentiate between "responsive desire," "spontaneous desire," and "magnificent desire" and explain their relevance to differential desire in couples.
    2. Identify the major components of Optimal Sexual Experiences (OSE).
    3. Explain at least two lessons from people who self-identify as having "extraordinary sex" for couples struggling with desire differential.
    301: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

    1. Investigate how traumatic stress impacts humans differently at different stages of development.
    2. Describe the research on the impact of traumatic experience on future perception.
    3. Construct a model for selecting individualized trauma interventions based on the client needs.
    302: Integrative EMDR Therapy

    1. Describe the neurobiology of C-PTSD and dissociation through the lens of polyvagal theory.
    2. Recognize emotional and physiological dysregulation as "parts" of self.
    3. Model modified EMDR therapy protocols that will allow you to create a safe healing environment for clients with a history of complex traumatization.
    303: Embracing Virtual Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

    1. Design effective online DBT services by integrating essential contingency management strategies to ensure client participation and safety in the virtual environment.
    2. Use the latest technological tools demonstrated to enhance the quality and engagement of online DBT sessions for clients.
    3. Implement the strategies and techniques learned to expand DBT services regardless of clients’ physical location or circumstances.
    304: Integrating Polyvagal Theory into Autism Intervention

    1. Explain psychoeducation on autism to clients through a theoretical lens of Polyvagal Theory.
    2. Evaluate interventions from a host of practices including biofeedback, sensorimotor psychotherapy, social work pedagogy, and motivational interviewing for use with autistic clients.
    3. Measure emotional awareness of clients on the spectrum from the lens of body awareness, executive functioning, alexithymia levels, and right/brain left brain dominance.
    305: Bring Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) to Life

    1. Demonstrate how to overcome therapist barriers to leading experiential practices with therapist psychological flexibility.
    2. Show how to engage clients in experiential exercises demonstrating being present, acceptance, values, committed action, perspective taking, and cognitive defusion.
    3. Utilize writing, physicalizing, and movement in session to increase engagement and skills practice.
    Keynote Address: How Boundaries Can Save Your Client’s Family Relationships

    1. Evaluate why clients want to stay in unhealthy relationships and provide skills for how to stay without mental health consequences.
    2. Distinguish between guilt and discomfort when clients decide to leave or make changes in unhealthy family relationships.
    3. Explore how therapists can help by being responsible for teaching strategy, high lighting patterns, and providing support.
    401: Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST)

    1. Summarize the Structural Dissociation model.
    2. Identify thoughts, feelings, and bodily responses indicative of trauma-related parts.
    3. Describe three interventions for stabilizing parts and resolving the trauma.
    402: Healing Through Difficult Times

    1. Explain the trajectory of grief and the obstacles to healing.
    2. Identify tools that can help with the intersection of grief and trauma.
    3. Utilize appropriate postvention language that helps address guilt.
    403: Trauma-Informed Hypnotherapy for Pain

    1. Discuss how traumatic experiences can contribute to the development of neuroplastic pain.
    2. Summarize scientific theories about how hypnosis works and can be used to relieve chronic pain and enhance trauma treatment.
    3. Identify three types of hypnotic suggestions that can be used to reduce pain and promote a positive post-trauma identity.
    404: Disrupting Negative Narratives with Kids in Mind

    1. Demonstrate at least X key ways in which power and privilege influence society" (for "X", choose a specific number of "key ways" the presenter will share that illustrate the influence of power and privilege).
    2. Integrate best practices when working with young people who are impacted by culturally biased barriers.
    3. Evaluate how one’s own values, attitude, and actions affect the communities they serve.
    4. Utilize anti-racist resources as an advocate for social justice.
    405: Emotional Freedom Techniques & Tapping

    1. Summarize the origin and efficacy of the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) including peer reviewed, published research.
    2. Explain how EFT is a mind-body treatment that simultaneously desensitizes unwanted thoughts, emotions, and connected physical symptoms.
    3. Evaluate why EFT works in conjunction with and beyond talk therapy and how it often cuts quickly through resistant problems.
    Lunch Address: From Anxiety to Smartphones to Snacking

    1. Recognize how anxiety forms as a habit.
    2. Explain how mindfulness affects reward valuation in the brain.
    3. Determine how mindfulness approaches can help change habit patterns.
    501: C-PTSD & Systematic Trauma from an Internal Family Systems (IFS) Perspective

    1. Define and differentiate between cultural, institutional, transgenerational, and relational trauma, identifying their unique aspects and points of intersectionality to inform case conceptualization.
    2. Evaluate the similarities and differences in treatment approaches for individuals affected by cultural, institutional, transgenerational, and relational trauma from an Internal Family Systems (IFS) perspective.
    3. Explore treatment options in context with a focus on which interventions are appropriate, and which interventions can be counterproductive.
    502: Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

    1. Evaluate the historical use of psychedelics, recent advancements in clinical research, and the emerging role of psychedelic-assisted therapy as a promising treatment modality for individuals experiencing trauma-related disorders.
    2. Explore the therapeutic process and principles of psychedelic-assisted therapy, including set and setting, integration, and ethical considerations.
    3. Assess appropriate candidate selection, preparation, and aftercare strategies for optimal patient outcomes in psychedelic-assisted therapy for trauma.
    503: Taming the Amygdala

    1. Demonstrate the role of the amygdala in maintaining anxiety disorders for purposes of client psychoeducation.
    2. Explain how clients who know the language of the amygdala have improved treatment engagement and mindfulness.
    3. Use neurologically informed strategies such as relaxation, exercise, exposure, and sleep interventions to produce changes in the amygdala.
    504: The Having Techniques ®

    1. Demonstrate how to utilize the Havening Touch for autonomic nervous system regulation.
    2. Utilize one Havening Techniques protocol to soothe an emotional and traumatic triggers in the moment.
    3. Apply one Havening Techniques protocol to build Cognitive Resilience in-session or on the go.
    601: Managing the Fallout of Narcissistic Abuse

    1. Catalogue the fallout from narcissistic abuse that clients experience, and co-occurring patterns that can complicate diagnosis and assessment.
    2. Construct an actionable framework for working with clients presenting with the distress, discomfort and dysfunction entailed by experiencing narcissistic abuse, and fostering growth in these clients.
    3. Evaluate ethical issues which arise inworking with clients experiencing narcissistic abuse.
    602: Trauma Breakthrough in a Flash

    1. Propose why hyperarousal interferes with the cognitive and emotional processing of trauma.
    2. Describe recent studies supporting the potential effectiveness of the flash technique.
    3. Integrate the STEPS model of the flash technique into EMDR.
    603: Advanced Treatment Considerations for Women with ADHD

    1. Identify and describe three recent research updates pertaining to women and ADHD.
    2. Generate a comprehensive conceptualization of women’s ADHD challenges and treatment needs that considers the role of lifespan, biological, psychological, emotional, and relational components.
    3. Explain how to educate clients on the impact of ADHD on women’s self-concept and relational health.
    604: Big Behaviors in Small Containers

    1. Evaluate disorders of dysregulation through the lens of bottom-up brain development and through a trauma-informed lens.
    2. Extrapolate polyvagal theory to children and families through play therapy interventions.
    3. Execute a play therapy intervention that can be used to target movement in each of ten separate areas of dysregulation.
    605: Beyond Toxic Positivity

    1. Examine the positive psychology literature on the impact of positive emotional states on health, relationships, creativity, and job performance.
    2. Determine key brain regions linked to well-being, and how positive neuroplasticity can help strengthen these areas.
    3. Explore key principles for increasing happiness and well-being, including awe, gratitude, compassion-based approaches, savoring, and psychological richness.
    Keynote Address: Social-Emotional Learning from the Inside Out (NO CE)

    1. Utilize a definition of the mind from the framework of Interpersonal Neurobiology to apply the notion of energy regulation to optimal mental functioning.
    2. Explain how the Internal Family Systems model of therapy helps children increase affect tolerance and self-regulatory capacities.
    3. Assess states of chaos and rigidity that reveal an impediment to the integration at the heart of well-being.
    101: Ethical, Legal, & Professional issues for the Advanced Practice Clinician

    Strategic Approach to Protect Yourself, Your Practice and Your Clients
    • Awareness of codes, laws and regulations
    • Have a prevention mindset
    • Skills to navigate confusing systems
    • Decision-making process
    • Access to resources and tools to help
    Sorting Out Codes of Ethics and Codes of Conduct
    • How ethics codes are established and why this matters
    • Ethical principles vs ethical standards at an advanced level
    • Key overlooked and misunderstood terminology
    Deciphering Laws/Statutes, Rules, and Regulations
    • Federal laws – Which laws apply and why (e.g., HIPAA vs. FERPA)
    • Untangling state laws, statutes, rules, and regulations
    • States’ laws and regulations are not the same across states
    • Jurisdictional Issues – Practicing across state lines
    • Civil suits – What a plaintiff must demonstrate
    • Think like a licensing board and how to avoid disciplinary actions
    • How to respond to subpoenas and court orders
    • Risk - Knowing yourself and when you are on thin ice
    • The law of unforeseen consequences
    • Vicarious liability
    Strategies for Reducing Risk, Avoiding Problems, and Maintaining Your Sanity
    • Social media and communication policy
    • Teletherapy-specific informed consent process
    • Exceptions to confidentiality on your practice website
    • Maintain a case load that is sustainable
    • How to ethically make referrals to other providers
    • VPN for security for online work
    • Boundaries, multiple relationship, and power differentials
    • BAAs with all HIPAA business associates
    Advanced Tools and Resources for the Current Times
    • A framework to easily navigate dilemmas
    • Cloud-based practice management systems
    • Online resource regarding distance therapy and COVID-19
    • App for sorting out teletherapy interjurisdictional practice issues
    • Psychotherapy notes – An underutilized HIPAA-authorized tool
    • And more!
    Case Studies of Advanced/Challenging Issues and Vignettes
    • Practice operational issues - Referral streams & fee splitting; Legal and Ethical
    • Boundaries - Boundary crossing; variables; physical boundaries & gifts
    • Social media, email and texting -Tweets; Emails and the at-risk client; texting and boundaries
    • Multiple relationships- Dual relationships & power differentials
    • Distance therapy related- Distance therapy & COVID-19; out-of-state counseling
    • Minors, confidentiality, consent, & records access
    • Combined issues- Testimonials, websites, supervision; distance therapy dilemma; the play therapy request
    102: Multicultural Awareness & Diversity

    Cultural Competencies in Mental Health
    • Client-centered approach to cultural competence
    • Trends in cultural identity development
    • Acknowledge cultural differences: terms of reference, racism and stereotypes
    • Improve client rapport
      • Make cultural connections
      • Acquire knowledge & skills
      • View behavior within a cultural context
      • Exercise: Cultural Self-Assessment
    Ethics & the DSM-5®: Guidelines for the Integration of Cultural Competencies
    • Cross-cultural variations in presentations
    • Cultural genograms
    • Assessments and diagnostic protocols
    • DSM-5® Cultural Formulation
    • Ethical standards for culturally competent practice
      • Cultural perspectives on therapeutic authority
      • Referring without abandoning
      • Effective self-disclosure
      • Advocacy and social justice
    • Exercise: Cultural Formulation Interview
    Overcome Dilemmas in Practice
    • Working with limited English proficiency and bi/multilingual clients
    • When to use an interpreter
    • Strategies for working with cultural transference and counter transference
    • Avoiding and addressing unintentional cultural offenses toward clients
    • Empathizing with victims as well as accused perpetrators of social injustice
    Interventions & Strategies for Specific Populations
    • Understand client experiences of sexual identity and gender fluidity
    • Strategies for supporting clients when therapist’s and client’s religious beliefs conflict
    • Methods for building rapport with clients with various disabilities
    • Adapting therapeutic style to client’s cultural presentation
    • Case Examples: Cultural experiences therapists often misunderstand
    Overcome Limitations of the Research & Potential Risks
    • Limited empirical models
    • Lack of professional awareness & confidence
    • Changing cultural values, needs & expressions
    • Incomplete scope: clients, counselors, supervisors, colleagues & community
    103: The Ultimate Grief Treatment Toolbox

    Types of Grief & Their Implications for Treatment
    • Grief vs. mourning
    • Depression & bereavement: A distinction
    • Secondary losses after death
    • Non-death losses
    • The problem with "getting over it"
    • Misconceptions about grief & mourning
    • Limitations of the research & potential risks
    Assessment: Intake Considerations for Grieving Clients
    • Grief & coping models
    • Factors that influence the mourning process
    • Assessment of continuing bonds
    • Loss line: The ultimate assessment tool
    • Normal vs. complicated grief vs. prolonged grief
    • Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder
    Assessment of Grief & Loss in Children & Adolescents
    • How children, adolescents & adults cope differently
    • Considerations for different age groups
    • "De-code" the meanings of behaviors
    • Six common questions following a death
    • "Things we want adults to know about our grief"
    • Signs of concern/red flags
    Interventions & Strategies for Anticipatory Grief
    • Normalize the dying process & grief experience
    • Model healthy mourning behaviors
    • Spot opportunities for memorialization
    • Provide death education & practical support
    • Strategies to prepare children & adults for the funeral

    Therapeutic Games
    • Preschool/Early Elementary
      • Doll house scene depiction
      • Puppets & stuffed animals
      • Sand tray therapy
    • Youth
      • Therapy ball
      • Shades of feelings
      • Card games
    • Youth & adults
      • Constructive use of punching bags/pillows
      • Topic starters
      • Questions games
      • Group sharing: Cards, web of feelings
    • …and more
    Art with Children, Adolescents & Adults
    • "I am" board
    • Colors of grief
    • Support circles
    • Memory peacock
    • Photo flower pot
    • Clay/Play-Doh
    • Photography
    • Memory boxes & stones
    • …and more!
    Poetry, Writing & Music Interventions for All Ages
    • Bibliotherapy
    • Journaling
    • Poetry: "I am" exercise
    • Letter writing
    • Remembrance music
    • Song/rap writing
    • Sticky note regrets
    • …and more!
    Memorialization Rituals
    • Candle-lighting
    • "I remember" book
    • Online memorial page
    • Rice paper/balloon release
    • Memory patio stones
    • Tree planting
    • …and more!
    Interactive Activities for Healing as a Family
    • Web of feelings
    • Labyrinth with reflection stations
    • Memorial service
    • "Broken to whole"
    • Bibliotherapy for families
    • Holiday activities: Memory ornaments & stockings
    • …and more!
    Grief & Loss Support Groups for Children, Adolescents & Adults
    • Grief camps for kids
    • Support group considerations
    • Family involvement
    • Curriculum & session topics (for individual therapy too!)
    104: Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional Training

    Essentials of Compassion Fatigue:
    How it impacts professionals, the workplace and caregivers

    • Silent Witness
    • History of Compassion Fatigue
    • Principles of Compassion Fatigue
    • The impact of compassion fatigue on personal and professional life
    • Importance of addressing compassion fatigue in the mental health profession
    • Causes and effects of stress in the caregiving workplace
    • The Four maxims of Professional Resiliency
    Red Flags
    Signs and symptoms of Compassion Fatigue

    • Understanding the causes of CF
    • The role of the nervous system and why it matters
    • The process of secondary traumatic stress
    • Burnout as caused by autonomic dysregulation and distorted perception
    • The effect of compassion fatigue on mental health professionals and their clients
    The Compassion and Empathy Toolkit:
    Tools to maintain purpose and fulfillment

    • The Neuro-physiology of compassion fatigue
    • Perceived threat & The Autonomous Nervous System
    • Assessment instruments for self and others
    • Self-care strategies to prevent compassion fatigue
    • Causes, cures, and prevention of burnout and secondary traumatic stress
    Compassion Fatigue Interventions:
    Restore Joy in your work to better help clients

    • Self-regulation vs relaxation
    • Parasympathetic nervous system dominance
    • Shifting from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance for stress reduction
    • Exercise: Learning self-regulation
    • Articulation of intention & defining goals
    • Reactivity to intentionality
    • Mission-focused living – resiliency and symptom reduction
    Connection & Support
    • Redefining what it means to ask for help
    • Four critical functions of a support network
    • Social Support development tools
    Self-Care & Revitalization
    • Assessments for self and others
    • Modalities of self-care
    • Reframing self care as indulgence
    • Refueling: A roadmap to developing re-creative activities
    • The ethics of self care
    • Professional Resilience:
      Clinical Skills to enhance Resiliency

      • What is professional resiliency
      • Disrupt self-weakening patterns: placating, people-pleasing, entitlement, and indulgence
      • Tools for developing, maintaining, and strengthening self-hood
      • Design a self-directed professional resiliency plan (Gentry 2004 & Dietz, 2020)
      • Five key resiliency skills
      • Exercise: Compassionate self-supervision
    105: Suicide in Context

    The Reality of Suicide in the US
    What Therapists Need to Know

    • Overview of the current stats in the US and globally
    • Deeper look at specific populations
    • Special considerations for therapists
    Reconceptualize Suicidal Risk:
    A Look Under the Hood to Challenge Current Approaches

    • Individualized approach may not be helping
    • A different look at theoretical models and treatment frameworks
    • Contributing risks
    A Whole-Person Approach for Suicidal Risk:
    Strategies to Help
    Keynote Address: Anchoring in Change

    • Positive neuroplasticity: how to entrain it in therapy sessions
    • How to facilitate in-session emotional and relational change; with video illustration
    • How to use metatherapeutic processing to anchor in change and convert in-session changes into positive neuroplasticity and lasting flourishing: Transtheoretical and transdiagnostic systematic Interventions; with video illustration
    201: Therapy with the One Who Cheats

    • Define infidelity
    • Three video case examples of working with cheater
    • The three phases of treatment and erotic recovery process that avoids shame
    • Review meaning of affair and interventions to help couples repair, restructure and redefine
    • Moving form blame and lack of trust to insight and awareness
    • Creating new monogamy agreement
    • Visioning for treatment and healing
    202: Imposter No More

    Imposter Syndrome
    • What it Is, what it Is not
    • Who struggles with it
    • Where it comes from
    Strategies for Working with Imposter Syndrome
    • Client strategies that "work" in the short-term
    • Five Subtypes of Imposter
    • Five Subtypes of Avoider
    • ACT Skills – Psychological flexibility
    • Skills for willingness in service of valued living
    • Practice diffusion in service of valued living
    • Pursuing bold moves in life and career despite self-doubt and imposterism
    203: Attachment Centered Play Therapy with Traumatized Tweens & Teens

    Expressive Arts and Play Therapy
    • Express the "unspeakables" in trauma work with teens
    • Developmentally appropriate rapport building and processing
    • Integrating theory and techniques to be empirically sound interventions
    Play Therapy with Teens & Tweens
    • How play therapy changes with older kids
    • Managing resistance and defense mechanisms
    • Engaging and powerful interactions for trauma
    204: Cognitive Processing Therapy to Heal PTSD

    • The basis for positive results from CPT research
    • Common myths around PTSD recovery
    • Case studies utilizing PTSD
    • The keys behind how CPT helps clients recovery from PTSD
    205: Applied Polyvagal Theory in Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery

    Applied Polyvagal Theory in Yoga for Trauma
    • Evidence showing how working with the body can maximize healing
    • Naturally stimulate the vagus nerve to enhance physical and emotional health
    • Skills to help clients come out of chronic stress
    • Yogic based breath, movement, and awareness practices
      • Conscious breathing is the fastest way to reduce stress and regulate nervous system
      • Tools to help clients safely release stress and trauma from the body
    Lunch Address: The Science of Sex in Long-Term Relationships

    • Advocacy
    • The Latest on the Science of Sex in Long-Term Relationships
    • Distinguish Differences Between Types of Desire
      • Responsive
      • Spontaneous
      • Magnificent
    • Tools for Couples to Have Extraordinary Sex & Optimal Sexual Experiences
    • Context vs Perception of Sensation as Pleasurable
    301: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

    • Identify the basics of the brain circuitry involved in self-experience, salience, and executive functioning, and how these are impacted by trauma
    • How trauma impacts the processing of subsequent experiences
    • Learn how physical mastery, memory processing, affect regulation, sensory integration and other techniques can help people form moving being trapped in their traumatic past into living in the present
    • The potential role of both traditional and innovative techniques in the future of the field of traumatic stress
    • Summarize treatment strategies and alternatives to drugs and talk therapy
    302: Integrative EMDR Therapy

    Developmental Trauma and Complex PTSD
    • More prone to dissociation and fragmentation and
    • Requires skillful tools to unburden parts carrying the wounds of the past
    Modified Treatment Protocols
    • Safely work with client’s emotions, sensations, and psychophysiological arousal associated with dissociative states
    • Strategies rooted in mindfulness and compassion to decrease defensiveness
    • Integration of Parts Work and EMDR therapies
    • Safely reprocess complex trauma rooted in developmental or sociocultural events
    303: Embracing Virtual Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

    DBT Defined in 120 seconds

    Covid Strikes
    • Dr. Pederson and DBT Strike back!
    • Doubters, skeptics, and no empirical data
    • Evidence-based practice to the rescue
    Adapting DBT for online use
    • Strategies for participation and safety
    • Creating engaging virtual environments
    • Video example
    Clinical outcomes: A surprise the therapists?

    The Future is here: Guidelines to expand care
    • Other populations
    • Keep it data-driven
    • Key takeaways and Q&A
    Limitations of the research on virtual DBT, and limits on the applications of virtual DBT
    304: Integrating Polyvagal Theory into Autism Intervention

    • Explain psychoeducation on autism to clients through a theoretical lens of Polyvagal Theory
    • Evaluate interventions from a host of practices including biofeedback, sensorimotor psychotherapy, social work pedagogy, and motivational interviewing for use with autistic clients
    • Measure emotional awareness of clients on the spectrum from the lens of body awareness, executive functioning, alexithymia levels, and right/brain left brain dominance
    305: Bring Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) to Life

    Stop talking about it and do it
    • The benefits of doing over talking
    • Therapist barriers to experiential exercises
    • Client barriers to experiential exercises
    Getting Playful with Psychological Flexibility
    • The six core processes of psychological flexibility
    • The role of therapist psychological flexibility in session
    Ditch the Bus and Drop the Rope
    • Novel metaphor and practices that move beyond traditional ACT exercises
    • How to demonstrate ACT processes with movement, writing, physicalizing, and embodiment
    Try It On
    • "Real Play" practice with partners
    Keynote Address: How Boundaries Can Save Your Client’s Family Relationships

    • Birth of the Cutoffs (it’s trending)
    • Dismantling toxic
    • Are we experiencing more family issues than in previous generations?
    • What Nedra has learned clients really want in their relationship with family
    • How to move clients from "cut-offs" to acceptance and manageable interactions
    • Supporting clients who have been cutoff
    • Supporting client through the process of leaving unhealthy relationships
    • Defining dysfunctional vs. functional family relationships
    401: Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST)

    Fragmentation and Self-Alienation as an Adaptation to Trauma
    • Why clients fragment to survive
    • What tells us that a client is "fragmented"?
    Overcoming Self-Alienation and Self-Rejection
    • Acknowledge and responding to traumatized parts
    • Welcoming them home: forming internal attachment bonds to heal trauma
    402: Healing Through Difficult Times

    Trajectory of Grief and Obstacles to Healing
    • Role of isolation and connection in grieving clients
    • Impact on clinicians and those in grief using the DSM-5 for Prolonged Grief Disorder
    • Time milestones in grief without a timeline
    • The mind in grief – old wounds, learned helplessness and rumination
    Tools for When Trauma and Grief Intersect
    • Divergent roads of post-traumatic stress and post traumatic growth
    • Sudden death, long illness, dementia, death by addiction, suicide of fentanyl poisoning
    • Death of parent, spouse, sibling and death of a child
    • What can go right and wrong with Finding Meaning
    • Turning their traumatic wounds into cherished wounds
    403: Trauma-Informed Hypnotherapy for Pain

    Trauma and Neuroplastic Pain Research
    • Prevalence of co-occurring PTSD, complex trauma and chronic pain symptoms
    • Phenomena of neuroplastic pain and promising new treatment approaches such as Pain Reprocessing Therapy
    • Mark Jensen’s research on pain perception in the brain and how hypnosis can be used to alter pain perception
    Hypnosis to Calm Anxiety, Relieve Paine, and Elicit Positive Emotional States
    • Two definitions of clinical hypnosis
    • The myths and misconceptions of hypnosis
    • Hypnosis theories that explain the mechanisms in the brain and the interpersonal dynamics
    • Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral treatment for pain, anxiety, and trauma
    • Special considerations with trauma survivors and how to adapt inductions and safety re-alert clients to avoid abreactions
    • Hypnosis Demonstrations: Increase feelings of safety and comfort in the body

      Hypnotic Techniques for Pain Reduction and Positive Post-Trauma Identity
      • Increase comfort and decreasing unpleasantness
      • Explore emotional associations with pain symptoms
      • Increase self-compassion, internal safety, and empowerment
    404: Disrupting Negative Narratives with Kids in Mind

    Reckless Appetites: Feeding the Soul
    • In addition … The premise beyond "RAW"
    • Making your Mark
    • The evolution of Zoom
    • Knowledge is power
    Humanizing Me: RAW!
    • Parents: Family values
    • Hidden truths
    • Legacy
    • Continuous Traumatic Stress Disorder (CTSD)
    • Self-Knowledge: Self-Love
    Privileged: Understanding the Impact of Words
    • Busting Myths
    • The Disparities
    • Advocacy
    • Antiracism
    • Decolonizing organizational structure
    Building a House for Diversity – Inclusivity
    • Radical Reimaging
    • ABAR: 3 Core Pillars
    My Muse!
    • Making a difference
    • What is your muse?
    • Roles Social Activities Play
    • Worth the Fight
    • My Legacy
    • As I Grew Older
    405: Emotional Freedom Techniques & Tapping

    Benefits of EFT/Tapping
    • Calm emotional dysregulation (Amygdala)
    • Shift to purposeful intellectual thought (Pre-frontal Cortex)
    • Understand the evidence supporting EFT
    Experiential Practice of Using EFT/Tapping
    • Exercises for stress, anxiety and pain release
    • A standalone modality to help clients with upsetting thoughts and/or emotions, and physical symptoms
    Lunch Address: From Anxiety to Smartphones to Snacking

    • Current treatment paradigms for anxiety
    • How anxiety forms as a habit
    • How the brain forms habits in general
    • Key neuroscientific insights current anxiety treatments may not take into account
    • How to tap into reward valuation in the brain to affect behavioral change
    • Clinical outcomes from new research studies of digital therapeutic three-step process for overcoming anxiety and other habits
    501: C-PTSD & Systematic Trauma from an Internal Family Systems (IFS) Perspective

    Defining Systemic Trauma
    • Types of Systemic Trauma: Cultural, Institutional, Transgenerational, and Relational
    • Intersectionality between these different types of trauma
    Internal Family Systems (IFS) Perspective on Trauma
    • The Internal Family Systems therapeutic model
    • Applying IFS principles to address Transgenerational Trauma
    • Risks and Limitations of using IFS for Systemic Trauma
    IFS Based Treatment Approaches for Systemic Trauma
    • Individual Therapy with IFS techniques
    • Group Therapy with Community-Based Interventions
    • Mind-Body Approaches and Integrating IFS with somatic therapies
    Beyond Individual Therapy: Addressing Cultural and Institutional Trauma
    • Advocacy for Activism for social change
    • Community Healing and Resilience-Building
    • Policy and Institutional changes to reduce trauma and inequality
    502: Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

    History, Current Research, and Potential Applications of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy
    • History of psychedelic use in various cultural and therapeutic contexts
    • The latest research on the therapeutic potential of psychedelics for PTSD, anxiety, and depression
    • Studies on the efficacy and safety of psychedelic-assisted therapy for complex trauma
    Therapeutic Process and Principles
    • Key components of the psychedelic-assisted therapeutic process
      • Importance of set and setting and the role of the therapist as a guide
      • Creating a supportive and conducive atmosphere for healing
    • Ethical considerations
      • Informed consent, patient safety, and the importance of proper training and supervision
    • Explore the benefits and potential risks associated with psychedelic-assisted therapy
    Candidate Selection, Preparation, and Aftercare Strategies
    • Implement psychedelic-assisted therapy for trauma and the role of the clinician
    • Training for, then sitting for dosing session, including administration of medication
    • Work with clients in the preparation and integration phases
    • Gain knowledge and understanding of the modality for candidate selection
    503: Taming the Amygdala

    Key Knowledge about the Amygdala and Anxiety
    • Help clients understand the experience of stress, anxiety, and panic
    • How the amygdala learns through experience
    • Why vivid experiences in therapy are needed
    Essential Steps to Using the Amygdala and Anxiety
    • Form a strong, emphatic therapeutic alliance
    • How does your client experience anxiety?
    • Focus on client’s personal goals
    • Connect amygdala to client concerns and questions
    • Change the amygdala rather than avoid anxiety
    • Acceptance of limits of control using Serenity Prayer
    Teach Client’s Where Their Anxiety Comes From
    • Amygdala pathway – bottom-up triggering of emotion
    • Cortex pathway – top-down generation of emotion
    • Both pathways require the amygdala for anxiety to be produced
    • Help clients recognize their two pathways
    • How anxiety is initiated in their pathway and how they influence each other
    504: The Having Techniques ®

    An Introduction to the Havening Techniques®
    • The why and the neurobiological how of the Havening Techniques
      • The Havening Touch
      • The impact of stress and trauma on information processing
    • How to integrate the Havening Techniques into your existing clinical practice
      • The role of neuroplasticity in healing
      • The adjunctive nature of Havening
    Introduction and Experiential Practice with two Havening Techniques Protocols
    • Introduction to CPR for the Amygdala
      • What happens in the rain in the moment of a Trigger?
      • How CPR for the Amygdala calms the brain and creating sustainable change
    • Empowering Resilience Development with Neuroplasticity
      • The new opportunity presented by Self-Havening
      • An introduction to the Creating Possibilities Protocol for building Cognitive Resilience
    • Brining it all together and highlighting additional opportunities for Integrating the Havening Techniques into clinical practice
    601: Managing the Fallout of Narcissistic Abuse

    • A holistic view of the dynamics of narcissism, narcissistic personality disorders, and "narcissism-adjacent" personality styles
    • Core dynamics in narcissistic relationships
    • The vulnerabilities to getting into and remaining in these relationships in adulthoood
    • The phenomenon of narcissistic abuse and how to help clients understand etiologies without excusing this behavior
    • The consequences of narcissistic abuse (behavioral, cognitive, emotional, interpersonal, identity, post-traumatic, and physical health)
    • An actional framework for working with clients experiencing narcissistic abuse
    • Ethical concerns when working with narcissistic abuse including awareness of clinician lived experience, competence, boundaries, safety, reporting laws, and confidentiality
    • Assess limits of the research and potential risks
    602: Trauma Breakthrough in a Flash

    • Why trauma can be processed more effectively if the client is not highly activated
    • The STEPS of the flash technique protocol
    • Studies that support the safety and effectiveness of the flash technique
    • Limitations of the research and potential risk
    603: Advanced Treatment Considerations for Women with ADHD

    • Expanding Your Knowledge Base: Key Research Updates
    • ADHD Deep Dives: Understand and target common therapeutic themes
    • ADHD Work is Grief Work: Addressing themes of loss and grief – especially for late in life diagnosis
    • Rethinking Treatment Planning for the ADHD Adult
    • Taking ADHD Seriously: Risk Management
    604: Big Behaviors in Small Containers

    • Translating disorders of dysregulation into treatment goals
    • Understanding the neurobiology of play, the neurobiology of trauma, and the power of one to heal the other
    • Play therapy metaphors for working with our stress response systems
    • A Dozen Powerful Play Therapy Interventions for Enhancing Regulation, Strengthening Attachment, and Telling the Trauma Story
    605: Beyond Toxic Positivity

    • Impact of Positive Emotional States on Health, Relationships, Creativity, and Job Performance
    • The Pandemic’s Impact
    • Key Brain Regions Linked to Well-Being
    • How Positive Neuroplasticity Can Help Strengthen the Brain
    • Key principles for increasing happiness and well-being, including awe, gratitude, compassion-based approaches, savoring, and psychological richness
    Keynote Address: Social-Emotional Learning from the Inside Out (NO CE)

    • Integrating interpersonal neurobiology and IFS as it relates to social emotional learning.
    • The concept of mindset to understanding states of mind or parts of the self
    • Differences between preventive, extreme and wounded parts, from Self Energy
    • What is the mind and how can a definition of mind be harnessed to define and cultivate mental health
    • How the "parts" of who we are or "self-states" can be understood as protective mechanisms
    • The notion of integration to honor the differences among states of mind
    • Help a client heal and move toward a flourishing inner and relational life


    Continuing Education Credits Awarded for Completion of All Days, Full Attendance
    [+] [-] 4-Day: 2023 Innovations in Psychotherapy Conference

    Breakdown for Continuing Education Credits by Event
    [+] [-] 101: Ethical, Legal, & Professional Issues for the Advanced Practice Clinician
    [+] [-] 102: Multicultural Awareness & Diversity
    [+] [-] 103: The Ultimate Grief Treatment Toolbox
    [+] [-] 104: Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional Training
    [+] [-] 105: Suicide in Context
    [+] [-] Keynote Address: Anchoring in Change
    [+] [-] Welcome & Intimate Conversation on Trauma, Loss, & The Tools That Help
    [+] [-] 201: Therapy with the One Who Cheats
    [+] [-] 202: Impostor No More
    [+] [-] 203: Attachment Centered Play Therapy with Traumatized Tweens & Teens
    [+] [-] 204: Cognitive Processing Therapy to Heal PTSD
    [+] [-] 205: Applied Polyvagal Theory in Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery
    [+] [-] Lunch Address: The Science of Sex in Long-Term Relationships
    [+] [-] 301: One Size Doesn’t Fit All
    [+] [-] 302: Integrative EMDR Therapy
    [+] [-] 303: Embracing Virtual Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
    [+] [-] 304: Integrating Polyvagal Theory into Autism Intervention
    [+] [-] 305: Bring Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) to Life
    [+] [-] Keynote Address: How Boundaries Can Save Your Clients' Family Relationships
    [+] [-] 401: Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST)